Week of Sept. 23, 2018

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated next weekend in services in the Church with individual c Here at St. John Lutheran Church, we believe, teach and confess that the bread and wine we eat and drink at Holy Communion is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus. Jesus is truly present in this meal giving us the benefits He won for us on the cross: forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Holy Communion is also a meal that expresses unity in faith and belief among those who partake in it. Because of this, and because those who eat and drink unworthily do so to their great harm, we ask those of you with us who are guests and visitors to this church to please speak to one of the pastors or elders before communing. Please leave the grape juice for those with special medical needs and have spoken to pastors. Thank you and may God bless you in worship today! ALTAR FLOWERS are given in honor of the 40th wedding anniversary Gerry & Jenny George on September 23.

THE PORTALS OF PRAYER – for October-December 2018 are available in the narthex.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ST. JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL? SECHLER’S PICKLE SALES – The PTL is hosting a fundraiser again of the scrumptious pickles and other items this fall.  The sale began Thursday.  All school families will be selling the products.  Please help us raise money for school projects. Thank you, the PTL. PA SYSTEM – We have raised $2,922 to date, but still need $652 to make the upgrade in the system.  Please consider helping the school with this project.  Thank you.   BAKE SALE – Thank you to everyone that stopped at the teachers bake sale.  We raised $300 for our LEA conference in 2019.   SUNDAY SCHOOLKidventure Hour is our new Sunday School program for grades K-5. 5th graders will be Jr. Rangers helping the younger children. It will be held in Rm 19 next to the church entry. Please complete a registration form on the insert. The Kick-off event will be Sept. 30th in the gym with carnival games, popcorn and prizes. Contact Jan McGhee, Krystle Adams, Maggie McGhee, Dystany Morris, Victoria Rohlf or Angie Morris for more info. Word Warriors is a Bible study geared to 6th-12th grade kids. We meet Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the youth room. We are discussing having strong Godly relationships with God, family, friends and authorities. We’d love for your kids to join us! See Angie Morris (419-956-1171) for more information.   CROSS TRAINING – started but it’s not too late for your child or grandchild to join us. We meet on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm. 1-5th grade incorporate songs, crafts and activities with the Bible stories. 6-8th grade delve deeper into the Old and New Testaments and Luther’s Catechism. See Pastor Luhring, Dick Bonin or Angie Morris for more information.   HIGH SCHOOL FALL PARTY – The High School youth would like to borrow some items for their Addams family themed fall party set for Oct. 25. If you have any of the items, please call Angie Morris (419-956-1171) so she can pick them up. Or you can drop them off to the church office. Any high school students are welcome to help plan and set up this event. Creepy cloth                2 Masks                      Creepy pictures Baby doll                     Tea set (kids)              Long Wig High chair                   Plastic body parts        Old small TV Picture frames             Pool noodles               Fake knife Black lightbulb            Large glass containers Plastic spiders, bugs, mice        Old sheets that can be stapled   LADIES AID – Our next Ladies Aid meeting will be in the Fellowship Room on Sept. 27 at 2:00 p.m.  There has been a program change.  Janet Koch and Diana Grim will be presenting “Lot’s Wife”.  Please come and join us for this presentation! Hostesses for this month are Emma Maddock, Diana Grim, Janet Seymour and Colleen Worline. Suggested item for the food pantry is laundry detergent. We would love to invite you to join us and learn about some of the important work we do within the church, our community, and beyond!  

UPDATE ON ASSOCIATE PASTOR CALL – Ohio District President Wilson is working with other Districts of our LC-MS. He has requested names of prospective pastors for the role of “associate” at St. John. A list of District approved names may be available by the end of September. The Call Committee will check with the candidates and evaluate each based on our needs for pastoral ministry. A process for interviewing three or four candidates will help the Call Committee choose prospective candidates for a congregational meeting held in November or December.  The process is moving forward under God’s guidance. Thank you for your prayers.

MUSICIANS NEEDED:  The 11:00 a.m. worship teams  need keyboardists/pianists, guitarists, and drummers.  If you are available to play one of these instruments or know of someone who does, please contact the church office or see Janice Johansen, Marianne Shawley, Lorna Smith or Lonnie and Connie Warncke. Thank you.  

Sept. 15 & 16, 2018
6:30 p .m.  54
8:00 a.m.  70
9:30 a.m.   184
11:00 a.m.  71
         Total: 379